My plan for the next several months is to amass a small collection of statement midi length skirts.  These skirts will, hopefully, take the place of the denim that I typically default to.  I’m a huge fan of skirts but I haven’t been intentional in refining my skirt collection. I wasn’t really inspired to do so until now.

The “problem” with fuller-length skirts is figuring out how to wear them in a way that’s young, fresh and stylish.  Sometimes longer skirts tend to look overly frumpy or outdated.  But, if done right, they can become the critical statement piece in a classic, feminine look.
Currently, I’m loving the pairing of a midi length skirt with a tailored crop.  The combination of the two pieces creates a wonderful balance of modesty with a hint of sexiness.

Not all crop tops are created equal.   Some are designed only to show off a only tiny bit of skin.  If you’re not a fan of showing off your navel, feel free to opt for high waisted skirts.

Play around with different variations of this look depending on the event. For instance, I love how she added a cropped jacket as an additional layer elevate the look.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this a skirt paired with a fitted top.  It’s simple to put together and ultra versatile.  Play around with the perfect skirt length and top that best fits your individual style.

I have a soft spot for looks that can be worn almost anywhere.  Recently, I found some wonderful inspiration via @seretix’s Instagram. Actually, this look wasn’t posted on her feed, it was a simple snapshot shared via a 10-second story.

When you browse her feed, you’ll notice that Seretix has an impeccable sense of style.  Dressing well seems to come naturally to her.  While I love every single thing she wears, some of her styling options are more aspirational than wearable.

But as soon as this look appeared on my phone, I instantly wanted to recreate it.
Obviously, the statement piece of this outfit is the gorgeous camel coat.  But my eyes were immediately drawn to the gorgeous stripped blouse.  I love that top so much because it’s reminiscent of Rihanna’s Boyfriend Shirt outfit that I raved about a while back.  The striped buttoned-up shirt/blouse is an ultimate staple piece that everyone should have in their closet.  I even loved when Jasmine Tookes recreated a similar look using a striped shirt with a more feminine silhouette.

The oversized coat is absolutely stunning.  A few years back, camel coats were a huge trend.  Seretix reminds us of how timeless these pieces are.  For this look, the coat is the ultimate accessory. I noticed that she even opted to leave out the stunning jewelry she often sports with her other outfits.

She balances the look by wearing distressed jeans. This helps break up the formality of the satin blouse and structured coat.  Unfortunately, Seretix didn’t tag any of her outfit pieces but I’ve found a striped that I must own.  It looks a bit more like Rihanna’s boyfriend shirt and that’s perfectly fine.  I’ve had this blouse on my wish list for far too long.

My Vintage Store Shopping List

One of my favorite past times is driving to the other part of town and check out the rare finds at my favorite thrift store.  Thrifting became a tradition for me back in middle school when my mom first introduced me a huge thrift store that was always packed on the weekends. 

For her, it was a way of saving a few extra dollars on purchases that would normally cost much more. But I fell in love with thrifting because of the unique items that I wouldn’t come across in your typical retail store.  I had an eclectic taste in clothing so the thrift store became my favorite place. A couple years ago, I purchased several amazing outerwear pieces from the thrift shop that I absolutely love. 

I’m way overdue for another trip, but this time, I’ve got a laundry list of exactly what I want.  Let’s discuss.


CROPPED SWEATSHIRT
I have this weird hangup about cutting up items that I pay full price for.  But, if it only costs a few bucks, I don’t mind experimenting.  I’m on the lookout for an oversized sweatshirt to alter.  I’d like to give it a cropped look similar to what Kerrueche’s wearing.  It may not be as revealing in the mid-drift, but I’d love something similar.  I dig how both the waist and sleeves are tailored to give the top and added element of style.  She paired it with a simple skinny jean and statement heels. The entire look appears understated yet very well put together. 

OVERSIZED MENS SHIRT
Next on my purchase list is plain stripped men’s button-up shirt.  We’ve seen effortlessly Rihanna pull off this look. I’d like to try and replicate it. I’ll experiment using a man’s shirt to see if it gives me enough wiggle room to tie at the waist or leave a few of the top buttons undone without being too revealing.  If that doesn’t work out, I could always have it tailored as a cropped button-up shirt.

VINTAGE JEANS
Jean trends are now leaning more towards high waisted, looser fitting cuts.  And whenever there’s a new trend, they always want to charge you an arm and a leg. Especially when we’re talking about jeans.  Chances are the “newest trend” is has probably been done before and it’s sitting on a thrift store rack for a few dollars.  Notice how she removed the hem of the jeans to give it a more modern take.  That’s an easy DIY project that can be done in minutes and will save you lots of money. 

STATEMENT SKIRTS
I’m on a mission to acquire a small collection of interesting skirts.  Thrifting will be an integral component of ensuring the success of the plan. Now that I’ve linked up with a tailor that I absolutely love, I plan on broadening my horizon.  I want a multitude of skirts in various lengths, patterns, and fabrics.  They’ll all be paired with graphic tees to keep the look simple.  If you still enjoy mild weather during the fall months, consider adding stylish skirts to your fall style looks.

PRINTED OUTWEAR
If your wardrobe consists mainly of staple items, I invite you to take a step into the unknown by venturing into the world of printed outwear.  Patterened outerwear was made for people like us.  We like to stick to neutral colors and basic items.  The only way to add a bit of flair is by tossing on a coat that was made to draw attention.  Outerwear can get pretty pricey, especially if you are going for one with bold details.  That’s why thrifting is your best bet!  It’s much more affordable which means that we can step out of our comfort zone by picking up a few different options.  I have enough black and neutral coats. It’s time to acquire one that will grab attention the minute I walk into a room. Again, tailoring is important to ensure the fit is perfect. 

This is just the start.  The thrift store is also the perfect place to find one of a kind accessories.  Best of all, it doesn’t break the bank which means more money in your pocket to really diversify your wardrobe.

Fall is a few weeks away and I’m way behind on collecting fall looks inspiration.  Typically when I think of fall, I imagine multi layers and knitted textures.  But supermodel Jasmine Tookes has completely transformed the perception of a “fall outfit” with this recent look.
The fitted leather pants are a customary fall staple.  As the weather shifts, we trade in our shredded jeans for leather skinnies.  I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect pair for years.  The one Jasmine is wearing is perfect because it buttons at the waist. This helps ensure a better fit.  We love the horizontal zipper detail and the extra zippers at the ankle.  If she were to walk into a room with fellow stylish women in leather pants, Jasmine would certainly stand out, thanks to the extra detail.

To keep the look feminine and flirty, she opted for a wrap shirt with lots of drama.  First, it’s a crop which shows off her trimmed waist.  The huge side knot draws our attention, but the layered sleeves are the star of the show.  I typically hate tops with too much going on but, this time, I’m making an exception.

Jas’ blouse perfectly complements her simple look.  She kept the colors neutral. Even her accessories weren’t over the top.  Which makes blouse is the ultimate statement piece. Everything Jasmine is wearing perfectly compliments each other. That’s why her look seems so effortless and perfect.

Can we take a moment to discuss her skin?  It’s a rainy day and yet the girl is glowing!  I’m confident that this has everything to do with her healthy skin habits.  One thing we know about her routine is that Jas works out pretty religiously.  Hence the trim waist. I also happen to know that she loves Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation…..I mean, who doesn’t?  It’s on my top 3 list of favorite foundations.   I’ve also seen Jasmine featured on the Instagram page of Kim Kardashian’s cosmetic doctor.  She’s done some laser therapy (Cool Laser) to remove blemishes and resurface the skin.  I’ve considered trying laser treatments in the past but was told that micro needling produces similar results. The main difference is that with lasers, the results come much more quickly.

When we put our focus and attention toward ridding acne scars once and for all, everything we’ve ever wanted becomes possible. Foundation looks amazing on our skin, we can go makeup free and still get compliments, we can strut with the same unshakable confidence that Jasmine has.

Fall is a few weeks away and I’m way behind on collecting fall looks inspiration.  Typically when I think of fall, I imagine multi layers and knitted textures.  But supermodel Jasmine Tookes has completely transformed the perception of a “fall outfit” with this recent look.
The fitted leather pants are a customary fall staple.  As the weather shifts, we trade in our shredded jeans for leather skinnies.  I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect pair for years.  The one Jasmine is wearing is perfect because it buttons at the waist. This helps ensure a better fit.  We love the horizontal zipper detail and the extra zippers at the ankle.  If she were to walk into a room with fellow stylish women in leather pants, Jasmine would certainly stand out, thanks to the extra detail.

To keep the look feminine and flirty, she opted for a wrap shirt with lots of drama.  First, it’s a crop which shows off her trimmed waist.  The huge side knot draws our attention, but the layered sleeves are the star of the show.  I typically hate tops with too much going on but, this time, I’m making an exception.

Jas’ blouse perfectly complements her simple look.  She kept the colors neutral. Even her accessories weren’t over the top.  Which makes blouse is the ultimate statement piece. Everything Jasmine is wearing perfectly compliments each other. That’s why her look seems so effortless and perfect.

Can we take a moment to discuss her skin?  It’s a rainy day and yet the girl is glowing!  I’m confident that this has everything to do with her healthy skin habits.  One thing we know about her routine is that Jas works out pretty religiously.  Hence the trim waist. I also happen to know that she loves Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation…..I mean, who doesn’t?  It’s on my top 3 list of favorite foundations.   I’ve also seen Jasmine featured on the Instagram page of Kim Kardashian’s cosmetic doctor.  She’s done some laser therapy (Cool Laser) to remove blemishes and resurface the skin.  I’ve considered trying laser treatments in the past but was told that micro needling produces similar results. The main difference is that with lasers, the results come much more quickly.

When we put our focus and attention toward ridding acne scars once and for all, everything we’ve ever wanted becomes possible. Foundation looks amazing on our skin, we can go makeup free and still get compliments, we can strut with the same unshakable confidence that Jasmine has.